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By EMMA HALL, campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 30 June 2000 12:00AM

Jeffrey Merrihue, the European regional director and UK chief executive of Initiative Media, is understood to be moving over to head a new consultancy division, announced by him in April. A replacement for Merrihue is expected to be announced next week amid a global reshuffle.

Jeffrey Merrihue, the European regional director and UK chief

executive of Initiative Media, is understood to be moving over to head a

new consultancy division, announced by him in April. A replacement for

Merrihue is expected to be announced next week amid a global

reshuffle.





Mike Drexler, the executive vice-president and worldwide media director

of the True North-owned FCB Worldwide, is retiring. Scot Butler, the

media director of FCB Chicago, will step up to fill his shoes, taking on

the additional title of president of TN Media.





Bartle Bogle Hegarty has appointed its first operations director to

co-ordinate its digital technology services and ensure it operates cost

effectively. The role is being filled by Joe Da Silva, a board director

for the past three of his ten years at the agency, who has also been the

head of print production.





Booth Lockett Makin has formed a management company, BLM Group, to

incorporate the agency’s various communications services. BLM Group will

be managed by the three managing partners, Steve Booth, Nick Lockett and

Charlie Makin, and will include the original media independent BLM Media

as well as CBLM Media, the Eurolab network, Quantum New Media Services,

the Leap Communications consultancy and Thomas Cook @the hub, a joint

venture with TBWA.





Jody Burrows, the deputy head of TV at St Luke’s, has left the agency to

join Godman as a producer for the director Selby. Selby’s recent work

includes a recent Audi campaign for Bartle Bogle Hegarty and spots for

the London mayoral elections. His next work will be for BMW.





Helen Stables, the publisher of Woman, Woman’s Own and Now magazines,

has left IPC Media for GE Magazines. Stables takes up a position as the

publisher of Inspirations for your Home and Garden Inspirations.





Farm has recruited Gary O’Donnell from Partners BDDH to run its Co-op

bank Smile account. O’Donnell, who was the account director on

Mercedes-Benz and Yell, started his career as the brand manager of

Beck’s Bier at Scottish Courage.





Banks Hoggins O’Shea/FCB is bolstering its creative department with the

hiring of two senior teams. Noel Hasson and John Cooke are joining from

CDP, where they are known for their radio ads for Hamlet. With them come

Graham Pugh and Chris Walker, whose most recent work was the Brook

Street poster campaign for Team Saatchi.





The Artists Company has poached Jason Smith - who has directed

commercials for Nike and Sony PlayStation - from Spectre. Smith joins

Joakim Sandstrom, who was included in this year’s Saatchi & Saatchi New

Directors Showcase, among the directors on the production company’s

roster.





The National Magazine Company has hired the Country Living publisher

Chris Hughes as the publisher of the Good Housekeeping group. Hughes

will oversee a growing number of Good Housekeeping brand extensions,

including Good Housekeeping Having a Baby and Good Housekeeping Buy the

Best.





The Dutch sound design company Soundscape is launching in the UK this

month. The company has produced several campaigns for Nike worldwide and

is headed by the award-winning sound designer Hans Bos.





Basil Johnson, believed to be the IPA’s oldest surviving former

employee, has died at the age of 94 at his home in Berkshire. He spent

almost 20 years overseeing the trade body’s records and historical

material and was still working part-time until ten years ago.



This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

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